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this is the briefing. i'm maryam moshiri. our top story: donald trump warns the british prime minister her brexit plans make a trade deal with america less likely. more protests are expected as the president continues his tour but he says he believes the british people ‘like him a lot‘. i'm geeta guru—murthy in regent's park in london where the us leader and his wife melania have spent the night at the us ambassador's official residence. in other news: fears of disease and more than 200 killed in the worst flooding injapan for nearly a0 years. coming up in the business briefing — we'll have more on trump's brexit bombshell — as he warns continuing close ties to europe could ‘end a major trade relationship‘ between the uk and the us i'll be getting the views of the head of the british—american business lobby group
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a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. as president trump warns that the uk prime minister's brexit strategy is putting a uk/us trade deal at risk, we want to know — do you think the pm should change course or take heed? join the conversation, #bbcthebriefing. president trump has begun his first official visit to britain by openly criticising the prime minister theresa may's brexit strategy, saying that it will probably kill any future trade deal with the united states.
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mr trump told britain's sun newspaper that her brexit plans meant washington would be dealing with the eu on trade instead of the uk. the american president also said that former foreign secretary boris johnson, who resigned from mrs may's cabinet on monday would make a "great prime minister". my colleague geeta guru—murthy is in regent's park in london. what is the latest from where you are? a busy day ahead for the president in the uk? absolutely. it is calm here at the moment and it is quiet. five in the morning london time and we are standing, as you can see, in front of a police erected barrier. just behind us is the us ambassador‘s official residence, set in one or two acres of land here in central london where donald trump and this wife have spent the night
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after an evening of page and added is that the mag on with business leaders about 1.5 hours away from here. but they will be waking up to the headlines in the newspaper about the headlines in the newspaper about the president ‘s bombshell interview where he has condemned the british prime minister's brexit strategy, saying it will probably kill off any us, uk trade deal. given the focus of last night and much the focus of visit has apparently been on trade, thatis visit has apparently been on trade, that is really quite a line to start this official day's visit on. the day has a packed schedule for donald trump. he starts from here and then heads to sandhurst, the defence base, and then to chequers for a working lunch with the prime minister that are supposed to be the heart of the visit. how the prime minister will handle that visit when she meets along with the new
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secretary will be quite interesting, given these comments. mist trump has actually praised one of archrivals, borisjohnson, saying actually praised one of archrivals, boris johnson, saying he actually praised one of archrivals, borisjohnson, saying he would make a great prime minister. he says he is not making a comparison that everybody will read into it what they can. lets get more now from my colleague. theresa may may have been helping the special relationship would provide some solidarity and support ata provide some solidarity and support at a difficult time. but in a remarkable interview, president trump said he told the prime minister that she had gotten it wrong on brexit. i would have done it much differently. not n ot exa ctly not exactly hand in hand. the president said the prime minister's vision of a brexit deal would kill
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any possible trade agreement with the united states. absent from the pomp and ceremony at blenheim palace, the former foreign secretary, borisjohnson. a thorn in the side of theresa may, who the president would like to see make a return. hardly music to the years of the actual prime minister. and while there were warm words for the former mayor of london, not so much for the current one. it was siddique khan who signed off
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on the trump raby limp that protesters will float over london today. the demonstrations against this visit had made him feel unwelcome, the president said. these people don't like anything mist trump has to say. after this latest comments, theresa may may share some of their pain. the president has certainly given the protesters a reason to get out of bed this morning. we have not seen any of that but that is due later today. the baby limp due to fly over london will make an appearance later in the day. however the british government has rolled
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out the red carpet for mist trump. the us and the uk are long—standing allies and trade is crucially important. defence and intelligence also have deep and important ties there. vital to the security of this country, europe and the us. looking 110w country, europe and the us. looking now what the day holds, i am joined bya now what the day holds, i am joined by a fellow in global politics. thank you forjoining us today. this interview really is a bombshell interview. normally one would not intervene, one does not intervene in the politics of another country. donald trump says that the brexit pan laid out by theresa may and there will be no trade deal between there will be no trade deal between the us and the uk. hours after arriving he has the row the visit and this drop while he was being hosted by theresa may at blenheim palace. in the interview he says a few things insanely false, a few things that are in vaulting and a few things that are incendiary. on the first talks about he has been a
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poll numbers and then abraham lincoln. he talks about how he does not plan to go into london. we are in london and he is behind us, i don't know where he thinks he is. and then he insulted theresa may's brexit strategy in a way that is very damaging to her politically. it is very undiplomatic and will be incendiary. it will make a leadership challenge more likely because it increases the alarm among the brexiteer is on the right of theresa may who say herself brexit approach is not enough. it increases the likelihood that somebody will seek to challenge her and it is also incendiary in global politics toes because in the interview he does not explicitly condemn vladimir putin for the deployment of novichok nerve agent that the british government has said was used to murder a british woman last weekend. that is a striking thing for the us's closest foreign ally at a time of an attack, effectively a chemical weapon attack on its own soil that resulted in the death of a citizen.
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everything about this interview is the nightmare that ten downing st did not want to see happen. it has come to fruition a few hours after donald trump arrived in the uk. and it was carried out in brussels by rupert murdoch's paper who has broadly supported donald trump with his media establishments in the us. donald trump knew what he was doing, sending a clear message. what about the line on borisjohnson? do you think that will have an impact? and the prime minister is due to meet donald trump again to host him at chequers, the official country residence of the prime minister. this is the problem for theresa may. borisjohnson is this is the problem for theresa may. boris johnson is an this is the problem for theresa may. borisjohnson is an archrival of hers who just resigned in an insulting letter and donald trump is not only praising him but has hiked rumours that he may meet or call him which would undercut the prime minister's leadership completely. now she needs to go into a meeting with donald trump at chequers at a place where he has said things that
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pushes her closer to the cliff of her government falling. that makes her government falling. that makes her look weak domestic league and at the same time the british government is very worried until in even more damage than trump has than himself with this interview. already it is a striking moment in post—cold war history that these two extremely close allies are on the rocks over comments that the us president made that imperil the prime ministership of america's closest ally. you say you will weaken her but could also, conversely, make people feel that we are not terribly happy with the british prime minister being criticised in this way. she will carry on, presumably, with the formalities of the visit. are due to be protest today. we expect to see that big balloon in the sky. do you think that will affect the presidential leader at all? in terms of theresa may being stronger for this, i don't think that is likely because the main challenge is facing
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as an internal party challenge and this rips that even more open. the people who do not like her will still not like her, even though 11% of the uk population approves of donald trump, they still probably will not like to theresa may that much more. in terms of the affect the blimp will have, i don't know but he has been throwing diplomatic tantrums and he is doing the same here in london. he said he is feeling unwelcome here and is critical of mayor —— the mayor saying that immigration is a problem. and this is why it is an undiplomatic interview, coming right at the beginning of the visit. we still have several days ahead. there have been no formal talks in front of the press. that will be another rollercoaster. with donald trump, i think, theresa may wanted an uneventful visit in which you could look like she was projecting power as the global british leader. and uneventful visit is not coming donald trump does and he has diminished considerably. and that is
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a nightmare that ten downing st feared. thank you forjoining a. i know you are staying with us here and we will be here for the next few hours. we are expecting a live press conference from both leaders later from chequers which is supposed to be the heart of the visit before donald trump goes on to have tea with the queen at windsor castle. and then he flies to scotland at the end of today. we start this visit with a political bombshell interview by president trump, basically castigating the governor's brexit policy. let's turn to our top business story now. as uk prime minister theresa may tries to press the case for a free trade deal with the us, president trump has used a newspaper article to warn her soft brexit plans would ‘probably end a major trade relationship' between the two countries. richard griffiths is corporate communications director at the global pr firm ketchum. it really is friday 13 for prime
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minister made. you are a pr executive. what you would you be saying to her right now about the trade deal? i think mrs may has got to continue on the diplomatic front. she has got to take her stamps, which is very much unlike trump, and not forget that the eu is our single biggest trading partner. that is the first thing. i certainly would not recommend that she uses language or toned like we see in the sun in the interview that donald trump has given overnight to the political editor. these quotes are extraordinary. if you look at the front page of the sun this morning, theresa may has wrecked brexit. the us deal is off. boris would be a great prime minister. migration is killing europe. terror is the fault of siddique khan. an interview like this generates more heat than light andi
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this generates more heat than light and i think that theresa may has to stay her course. she has no option. and who knows. donald trump is inconsistent with his message and we may well expect him later on today to look back on this visit, or maybe evenin to look back on this visit, or maybe even in the next few days and say that theresa may and i got along fine. to see what happens over the next 2a hours. but this is not the kind interview that theresa may or number 10 would have wanted to see this morning. thank you very much indeed. richard bull the back to look through the newspapers with us later. —— richard will be back. there's plenty more about president trump's trip on our website — including his views on brexit and nato, his plans while he's here and the views of those who would rather he hadn't come. that's at bbc.com/news — or download the bbc news app. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: belgium's unique historical project. how a crowdfunded archaelogical dig has unearthed more than a few artifacts. the flamboyant italian fashion designer, gianni versace,
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has been shot dead in florida. the multimillionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the great white way by americans, but tonight it's completely blacked out. it's a timely reminder to all americans of the problems the energy crisis has brought to them. 200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison, the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy. today, hundreds of thousands thronged the champs—elysee for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much they could barely stand. you're watching the briefing.
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our headlines: on his first presidential visit to britain, donald trump has warned prime minister may that her brexit plans make a trade deal with america less likely. injapan, more than 200 people are killed in the worst flooding in nearly a0 years. at least 200 people are now reported to have been killed in the worst flooding to hit japan in nearly a0 years. torrential rains have triggered landslides and floods in central and western areas, with more than eight million people ordered to leave their homes. our tokyo correspondent, rupert wingfield hayes, has been to one of the worst hit towns, mabi in okayama prefecture. the floodwaters have now gone from the little town of mabi, but they have left behind a fetid ruin. when the dykes burst here, the whole town was submerged under five metres of stinking, toxic floodwater. teruhiko watanabe and his wife yuki are still in shock, and lucky to be alive.
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inside, teruhiko shows me what the floodwaters have done to their home. nothing can be salvaged. the watanabes failed to heed the warnings to leave, and when the floodwaters came they took refuge in their bedroom. but that was not high enough. so, there you go, you can see — there's the tide mark. that's how high the water came on the second floor... translation: it was horrifying to watch the water getting higher and higher. we didn't know where it would stop, and it didn't stop. we thought we were going to die there. at dawn, teruhiko and yuki were found by rescuers, on their roof. a few metres away in this house, three of their neighbours were not so lucky. at the end of the street, this family are trying to salvage the family photo albums.
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fumikazu's house has been gutted. it will have to be completely rebuilt. in 50 years, he has never seen anything remotely like this. "okayama has a mild climate," he says. "we never get rain like this, so i never thought we would be hit by such a disaster. i should've told my neighbours to evacuate. they didn't need to die. we've lost so many people here." the volume of rain was unprecedented. in one place, half a metre fell in 2a hours. across western japan, four times the averagejuly rainfall came in one week. the link between global climate change and extreme weather events is very complicated, but for many years now climate scientists have been predicting that across the northern hemisphere there will be more and more extreme rain events, where up to a month or even two months‘ rainfall can fall in just two or three days. that is exactly what happened
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here last week, and this is the result. japan is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with some of the best flood defences, but they were not strong enough to withstand this onslaught that has left 200 dead and still counting. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in okayama, western japan. tennis now and serena williams remains on course for a record—equalling 24th grand slam singles title. she‘ll face angelique kerber in a re—run of the 2016 final after they both came through their semi—finals on thursday. austin halewood has the details. with the top ten now long gone, serena williams continues to be the pillar of consistency in women‘s tennis. and although it‘s only her 13th match back since the birth of her child, her best game looks to be
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back with her. julia gorges broken in the first set. and that proved to be the breaking point. williams taking the opener in just 33 minutes. after a run of five first—round exits at wimbledon, reaching a maiden grand slam semi is some achievement byjulia gorges. but like so many before her, serena was a step too far. williams constantly forcing the german back. too powerful and ultimately to good. —— too. despite a late rally, serena came through in straight sets. the queen of centre court will be back for a 10th wimbledon final. it's crazy, i don‘t even know how to feel because literally didn‘t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back and 16 months, you know? ifeel like when i don‘t have anything to lose, i just played like when i don‘t have anything to lose, ijust played so free and that‘s kind of what i‘m doing.
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first on centre, jelena ostapenko came out firing. but her power game came unstuck against the calm head of angelique kerber. a break was all the german lead needed to take the opening set. into the second, ostapenko didn‘t hold back. but it was her own u nforced hold back. but it was her own unforced errors that cost her. 36 of them in the match. and with kerber‘s touch often too good, she eventually sealed it. the german‘s defends resilient as ostapenko blew out. 2017 is over and i‘m really happy about that, we have 2018. i‘m really happy and proud to be back in the grand slam final. to stay here again at the final in wimbledon is great. kerber through to her second wimbledon final. the player that beat her last time, serena williams. austin halewood, bbc news. good luck to both of them.
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a crowdfunded excavation of an iconic world war one battle site in belguim has provided a chilling reminder of the horrors of war. project day hill 80, made up of a team of archaeologists and volunteers, has discovered not only everyday items such as flasks and toothbrushes, but also more than 120 bodies of soldiers where they fell 101 years ago. our reporter graham satchell went to visit the site. the sun glides across a finders field. underneath the stillness, the beauty, a destructive past is slowly being revealed. —— flanders. this is project day hill 80, a few miles from ypres. it was a 45 command post that changed hands five times during the first world war. the uniqueness of this site is we have the entire war on this one location, so we can tell a story
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from 1914 onwards until 1918. i find this little thing and i picked it up and i thought, wow, it's a handle grade. i put it back down. very quickly. very quickly. egbert is one of 40 volunteers from 40 countries that have given time and money to make this dig possible. it's the first time today but, yeah... you have found 300 rates today? yeah, this is a good spot for hand grenades. as sellers and trenches have been escalated, more and more fines have been revealed. this is a toothbrush. you can just about see the words british make. in the last three months the volu nteers in the last three months the volunteers here have found more than 3000 artefacts, some are in incredible condition like this. it‘s a british army water bottle. you can see the blue pink. the condition is incredible. what is it? a box full of nails, hamburg grenades. a box full of hand
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grenades? year. girl at scum of the explosive exit, is called to make sure everything is safe. expert. 30 metres, please. 30 metres? yes. we move away. after a quick inspection he is happy and work can continue. on the other side of the side, the brutal horror of what happened here. ben is delicately revealing a human body. we have the remains of what we think is a british old jerk. it is pain facing work to lift and excavate them —— british soldier. you tend to put your emotions to one side for a bit while you put... this is a small site, less than a heckler, they expect to find 30 dead soldiers. so far they have discovered 128. kala is excavating a mass grave ——
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hectare. the fact that you will be giving these people a dignified place to rest is very satisfying, very rewarding i think —— carla. rest is very satisfying, very rewarding i think -- carla. it's worth doing? it's worth doing, yes, it is. i'm used to finding soldiers, it gets to me every time. but this amount is... brings you to the reality of war. inafew in a few weeks, this site will be flattened. 29 new houses are due to be built. but dead soldiers frontier will be given full funerals. many will be buried in war graves ceremonies in flanders and is —— found here. graham satchell, bbc news. —— farmers fields. —— flanders fields. stay with us here on bbc news,
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so much more to come. many places were fine and dry on sunday, some showers around, some flooding in north—west england and wales —— friday. lingering into the early pa rt wales —— friday. lingering into the early part of friday. most places will be dry to begin the day, variable amounts of cloud and clear spells but a warm and my d1, no lower than ten to 15 celsius for most. we start friday on a largely dry note —— warm and dry one. widespread showers in england and wales into the afternoon. there could be heavy and a bit more potent on thursday —— van on thursday. similarareas, on thursday —— van on thursday. similar areas, western england, west of the pennines into central and eastern parts of wales and this time may be further east into the midlands, southern and south—east england. hit and
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midlands, southern and south—east england. hitand miss midlands, southern and south—east england. hit and miss showers again, if you catch one there could be torrential with the risk of localised flooding so good news for some gardens. other areas staying dry and could be worn with 26 or 27 possible in the south—east. on saturday, more cloud and more of a breeze in northern ireland and northern west of scotland, some showers around and maybe isolated showers around and maybe isolated showers in england and wales but most showers in england and wales but m ost pla ces showers in england and wales but most places will be dry and warm with south—east england potentially seeing 27 or 28. as we head on into sunday, a big area of low pressure in the north—west corner of the uk, that‘s what‘s bringing the cloud and breeze to scotland and northern ireland. but it will be scooping up some warmth from the near continent and that will be noticeable on sunday. again, a similar story in a way to saturday. more cloud for northern ireland, northern and western scotland with more of a breeze and the odd shower. eastern scotla nd breeze and the odd shower. eastern scotland and for much of england and wales, it should be dry and sunny and hot too. you can see the deep orange colour is extending north.
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high 20s for many and we could be looking at 30—3031 across the south—east —— orange colours. on the weekend, a north—east south—west to split —— at 30 or 31. cool and damp and cloudy across the north—west corner of the country —— a northeast sw split. temperatures gradually falling as the week wears on. potentially with an increase in showers too. this is the business briefing. i‘m maryam moshiri. trump‘s brexit bombshell. plans to keep close ties with the eu would ‘probably kill‘ a trade deal with the us — the president tells the sun newspaper. plus — could the next lewis hamilton be...a robot? self—driving cars take to the track at the goodwood festival of speed. and on the markets, most asian stock markets following the us higher despite ongoing trade tensions— buoyed by predictions of strong earnings from us companies
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